Google Blog: Press play: Find and listen to podcast episodes on Search. “Today when you search on Google, you can find many different forms of information, from videos and images to tweets and recipes, but there’s always more information out there. There are more than two million podcasts on the web, and we’re now making it easier to find and listen to podcasts on Search.”
University of California Riverside: Free dataset archive helps researchers quickly find a needle in a haystack. “While there are hundreds of publicly available datasets, locating them can take months of searching. When potential sources are found, they rarely provide enough information for a researcher to decide if the set actually contains the kind of data they need without downloading the often huge file and sorting through it first. Thanks to a computer scientist at the University of California, Riverside, finding the right dataset is now as easy as bookmarking a website, and it costs absolutely nothing.”
Abacus News: China has a censored search engine just for kids from state news agency Xinhua. “In a country with censorship as strict as China’s, it can be hard for authorities to ensure every trace of anything deemed inappropriate is expunged from the internet. Now state-owned media outlet Xinhua is making a new search engine app designed just for kids.”
The Next Web: How to read your first tweet (and all your other old ones). “Whether you’re looking for that hilarious joke you tweeted last year, or worried that some of your old tweets might contain embarrassing information, there are several ways to go about finding you old posts.” Nice basic overview.
FamilySearch blog: Record Searches Easier with New Tool!—Now You Can See Similar Historical Records. “Learning more about your ancestors’ lives often requires searching for their names in historical records. This is where you might find where and when they were born, marriage and death information, and even their relatives’ names. You can search instantly among more than 7 billion names in old records with FamilySearch’s powerful Historical Records search—and now there’s an easier way to find similar historical records within your search.”
Bates Info: Tips for finding hidden business resources. “The problem of finding grey literature is not new; research on and discussion about grey lit in the STM field has been going on for years (see, for example, the International Conference on Grey Literature, which has been meeting since 1993). More recently, business researchers are finding that sometimes non-traditional resources have the best — or only — information on a narrow topic or current issue. Following are some of the tricks I use for finding hidden or grey-lit business resources.”
Virginia Tech: Design and Development of a Metadata-Driven Search Tool for use with Digital Recordings. “It is becoming more common for researchers to use existing recordings as a source for data rather than to generate new media for research. Prior to the examination of recordings, data must be extracted from the recordings and the recordings must be described with metadata to allow users to search for the recordings and to search information within the recordings. The purpose of this small-scale study was to develop a web based search tool that will permit a comprehensive search of spoken information within a collection of existing digital recordings archived in an open-access digital repository.” Doctoral dissertation!